I am not a huge fan of soup or soupy stuffs, with the exception of tomato soup. When I feel like having soup (or am forced to have some), I go with tomato soup. It is especially enjoyable duing a train journey, and nothing beats a piping hot tomato soup in a paper cup during an AC 2 Tier long distance train journey.
I had tomato rasam for the first time (of many times) quite late in life when I was 26 years old.
So naturally the question arises, what is the difference between toamto rasam and tomato soup?
The similarity is that both are made from tomatoes and now a days both can be prepared by mixing water with respective powders, but the differences are aplenty which I list below.
1. Tomato soup is an intenational beverage wheras Tomato rasam is South Indian
2. Tomato soup is for cold climates whereas tomato rasam is for very hot places
3. On a cold day, tomato soup makes you feel warmer from inside. Tomato rasam, cools down the body during a hot day.
4. Tomato soup is generally thick. Tomato rasam is generally watery.
5. Tomato soup is served in soup bowls. Tomato rasam is served typically from jugs or huge conatiners.
6. Tomato soup is generally sipped, but never drunk. Many people drink tomato rasam.
7. Tomato soup is had with bread, whereas tomato rasam is had with rice
One more difference which I got from a reader:
You need basil parsley/ corriander for one (tomato soup) and the other (tomato rasam) cant do without kadi patta.
Please let me know if you can think of any other differences.